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  1. Sparky

    Warning buying parts from Amazon

    If the parts you buy for your car have a good warranty BUT say to go through your retailer, you might be out of luck. Amazon only gives 60 days, regardless if your warranty is technically 1 year, 3 years, or lifetime. I have a Moog control arm that they won't do anything about after talking to...
  2. Sparky

    Metal tensioner pulley

    Does such a thing exist? (5.3L V8) I replaced my tensioner pulley last year. It is making noise again. Checked it and the pulley is a bit loose but it feels almost like the plastic is distorted slightly. I never liked that it was plastic anyway. Does a tensioner exist with a metal pulley...
  3. Sparky

    Easy, cheap oil pump for diffs, transfer cases, etc

    This is something that I came across that I thought I'd share with you guys. We all know how annoying it can be to get fluid up in a differential or transfer case. The little screw-on pumps for bottles take a billion pumps to fill anything and are stiff with gear oil, the hand-held pumps work...
  4. Sparky

    Lifter tick, piston slap, or...?

    Long story short I get this cold start tick sometimes. Not always. One day a few weeks ago it was really angry sounding but been fine since. Actual outside temperature seems to make little difference, I've heard it at cold start when it is relatively warm outside or when it is frigid, or it has...
  5. Sparky

    Repair your console lid

    I ran across some console lid repair kits on Amazon. Thought it may be helpful for those of you with broken lids. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01N1595P1/ref=psdc_15710141_t2_B01LZYQWMQ https://smile.amazon.com/Trailblazer-Envoy-Center-Console-Armrest/dp/B00N42T340
  6. Sparky

    GM electrical connectors, crimpers, etc

    I have some mods I'm going to be doing on my Silverado here shortly (gotta finish that retrofit!) and in the process I need to modify the headlamp and side marker wire harness. Got the idea that instead of modifying the existing harness I'd just simply make a harness that plugs into the existing...
  7. Sparky

    GMT900 auto climate control - driver side blowing HOT, passenger cold

    This is on my 2007.5 GMT900 pickup with automatic climate control. My first vehicle with a fancy snazzy automagic comfort doohicky lol. Last winter I noticed it was getting hotter in the truck on my way to work one morning than I thought it should. Checked and the two driver side vents were...
  8. Sparky

    4L60E valve body upgrade kit, AKA P1870 "code buster"

    Skip to the bottom if you don't want the back story. Technical Stuff and Background: I've had a bit of a history with the GM 4L60E transmission and dealing with some of the shortfalls of it. Over all, it is a good transmission, but it has a few weak points. A semi-common issue with the 4L60E is...
  9. Sparky

    Excessive oil usage through intake

    My coworker has a 2007 Trailblazer LT 4.2L with 251k miles. She said recently that it has been hesitating badly when pulling away from a stop. OK, clean the throttle body, I've been down that road before. Now the thing is she said oil consumption has gone way up recently where she's having to...
  10. Sparky

    2004 Silverado 5.3L fouling plugs on driver side

    I'm working on my coworker's 2004 Silverado 5.3L. Long story short, it is a mess lol. His brother in law changed the fuel pump for him (massive rust hole in the top of the pump) and also worked on the PCV valve. Well, long story short, the pump leaks around the tank seal (I think I see the...
  11. Sparky

    UCA camber / caster bolts and cams

    Long story short, while working on installing my leveling shocks on the 07.5 Silverado I found out that my upper ball joints are totally shot. 1/16" play in the ball socket is no bueno! So I'm just going to bite the bullet, ignore the screaming of my wallet, and order new upper and lower control...
  12. Sparky

    Amazon Product AC Delco spark plug wire sets 20% off

    Amazon Prime Day sale for AC Delco plug wire sets 20% off - pretty good deal IMO. https://www.amazon.com/gp/coupon/acdelco-spark-plug-wires/A1V3F4HEBF6QUD
  13. Sparky

    I got spark knock

    I got pinging in the 5.3 on my 07 Silverado. Actually, have had it for a long time, just having never heard spark knock before I thought it was just some sheet metal lightly rattling someplace. Realized after a discussion with someone and then listening to a video of spark knock that geez...
  14. Sparky

    FOR SALE 2002 Trailblazer part out

    Well sadly I believe the time has come to part out my Trailblazer. It has severe frame rot (gaping holes rusted through it in several places) and I've been patching the body for a while too. It had a brake problem recently and the high pressure power steering line just blew out on it so that's...
  15. Sparky

    Midwest meet 2016

    Cross posting this to make sure those who don't always visit the regional forum doesn't miss it! Midwest meet 2016 input thread is >>>> HERE <<<< :D
  16. Sparky

    Midwest meet 2016 - need input!

    OK guys, time is getting away from us (or me, or whatever). We need to vote on the date AND location of the midwest meet this summer. Start the suggestions rolling in! Not sure how best to do this, I thought of starting a poll but obviously for some people location depends on the date and vice...
  17. Sparky

    Sparky's 2007 Silverado NNBS build

    I'm going to keep track of my build progress on my 2007 Silverado. Do not expect it to be fast as I tend to move slowly on some stuff because either I'm busy, I'm stuck, or I'm just flat out of cash due to other projects I have to get done (such as house stuff). But every so often I'll update...
  18. Sparky

    EPA wants to kill motorsports

    So the good old EPA is apparently trying to gut an entire industry. Looking SEMA action center is wanting to get signatures to stop it. Not just stopping conversion of street cars into race cars but apparently (if I'm reading it correctly) wanting to make it illegal to do any modifications to...
  19. Sparky

    Water on driver's side floorboard

    The TB is parked outside and when I opened the door I found a lot of water on top of my generic rubber floor mat and water soaked into the carpet underneath it, mostly in the corner near the fake pedal. There is no water higher up on the mat, no sign of water under/behind the dash that I could...
  20. Sparky

    If you ordered a new HD quad cab pickup, well...

    Derailed train car messed up some brand spankin' new HD pickups. Some are fixable, others looked to be totaled apparently. Sucks! http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/11/derailed_durand_train_was_carr.html Think they'll let me have one of those duramax trucks for cheap? :D
  21. Sparky

    4x4 failure after sitting a while

    The Trailblazer is no longer the daily driver so it sits more than it used to. Past few times I've fired it up after it has sat a bit the 4x4 selector switch just blinks on 2HI for probably a good 20 seconds or so before going dark, although the red N is still faintly lit. Switching position...
  22. Sparky

    Hey, my color doesn't exist!

    I was going to change my vehicle in my profile to my new-to-me Silverado, but I found one really big issue - my paint color is not an option in the dropdown list! This totally ruined my day and now I'm sitting here in mental anguish and am considering suing for pain and suffering. ...... OK...
  23. Sparky

    Midwest meet Chicago IL 6/6!

    Hi guys! Trying to drum up some more people to come hang out near Chicago on June 6! Basically several are traveling on the 5th, there is usually something going on the night before, then we'll meet at a park on the 6th and hang out. Usually we get something for breakfast on the 7th before all...
  24. Sparky

    Silverado/Sierra common issues?

    Hey guys, I may be looking at a Silverado to replace my Trailblazer instead of getting another Trailblazer as I'm really thinking a pickup bed would be convenient to have. So I'm starting to look at the Silverados and Sierras. Any common issues for particular years I should be aware of? I've...
  25. Sparky

    Any members near Detroit, MI willing to do me a favor?

    So I'm looking at replacing my TB this year with another newer, less rusty one. Every so often I see one that looks like it may be decent up towards Detroit. I'm not sure if I really want to drive 2+ hours to just go look at a vehicle. I did that once and it kinda sucked driving for over 4 hours...
  26. Sparky

    2015 Midwest Meet

    I was thinking about our meets and wondered if anyone had any suggestions for when and where we should have the Midwest Meet this year. It may be a bit early yet I suppose but curiosity got the better of me.
  27. Sparky

    Whole house water filters/softeners

    I have a softener in my house I just bought, but it is old (Culligan Gold Star I think it is) and the valves get stuck every so often and needs the old hammer beating to get it going again. Plus, my water has sulfur in it so it just smells and tastes bad. Shame my well isn't a real good one like...
  28. Sparky

    Changing thermostat, coolant loss?

    So my thermostat of 12 years and 202k miles is finally starting to get sloppy on me. I'm ordering a new tstat (and sensor) but I was curious how much coolant I should expect to lose? I have some fresh coolant in a jug but I don't know if it will be enough or not. Thanks!
  29. Sparky

    WANTED: Rear upper control/trailing arm

    Mine broke yesterday (darn rust!) so I need a replacement. I can get a new Dorman for about $53 shipped from Rock Auto but I thought before I bought it I'd check here to see if anyone has a good used one from something like a parts truck that I could snag for a bit cheaper. I do need it fairly...
  30. Sparky

    Headliner cloth hanging down

    Yet another thing on my truck showing its age... The headliner cloth separated from the liner board in the back of my truck. Now it hangs in my rear view mirror and blows in the wind. Nice. Any suggestions how to fix that? I was half tempted to just whip out the staple gun and hold it up that...

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